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Ready to Race?
Welcome to the Sports-Class Racing Series, a series of international high-level FAI Cat 2 competitions to crown a Sports-Class Champion at the end of 2023. If you enjoy racing mid-aspect wings, you’ve come to the right place!

The SRS is for pilots who have outgrown fun and national competitions, and are looking to take the next step.

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Flying site

Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

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  • 104 Pilots Confirmed
  • 104 Pilots total registered
  • 295 EUR Entry fee
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  • 104 Pilots max allowed
  • 30 Countries presented
  • ✅ EN-C and below allowed
    ❌ CCC & EN-D wings prohibited
  • 🏆 FAI Status = CAT 2 🏅
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    01/12 18:00 (Europe/Paris)

  • 🛰️

    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
  • 🚁

    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
  • ⚕️

    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
  • 📱

    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
  • 📻

    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 🛰️

    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory
  • 🚐

    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
  • 🥾

    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
  • 🥪

    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
  • 💳

    The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed

    ID Cards
  • 🍺

    There will usually be goal beers for winners

    Goal beers
  • 🎉

    There will be an organised party during or after the event

  • 👕

    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • 🌲

    The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event and/or Plant a Tree for each competitor

    Carbon offset / Plant a Tree
  • ♻️

    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Prize funds and scoring categories

  • STANDARD Class
  • REYNOLDS (u95kg)
  • OVERALL Class
  • FEMALE Class
  • TEAM Trophy

Event info

Ready to Race?
Welcome to the Sports-Class Racing Series, a series of international high-level FAI Cat 2 competitions to crown a Sports-Class Champion at the end of 2023. If you enjoy racing mid-aspect wings, you’ve come to the right place!

The SRS is for pilots who have outgrown fun and national competitions, and are looking to take the next step. It’s also for experienced EN-B & EN-C pilots who want to finally be able to race on a level playing field. In the SRS, pilots will enjoy all the thrills of high-level racing without needing to fly an EN-D or CCC wing.

In short, it’s paragliding racing for a new generation.

This is the 2nd event of the 2023 series. The GIN Gliders edition.

For this event, we are going to the stunning St Jean Montclar venue, in the heart of the French Alps. Being June, you can expect it to be green and lush, but situated at a pleasant 1,400m+, the temperatures will be a pleasant 20-25 degrees.

The event will have 6 racing tasks.

Win an GIN Gliders wing!
At the end of the event there will be a prize draw for one lucky pilot to win a paraglider of their choice from Gin Gliders*

There will also be some other prizes... including a Naviter Oudie N

St Jean Montclar is an alpine village, with all the beauty and charm one would hope for from such a location. We have chairlifts, to whisk you to launch. The lifts start right in the heart of the village, so you may only have to walk a few metres from your chosen accommodation. There is a campsite just 100 metres away, being of a typically high French standard with a bar, restaurant and even a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor.

The flying is all Alpine, with the terrain we fly as high as 2,500m. To the north there is the Lac de Serre Poncon, where we will often set tasks to fly across, and then back. Or maybe we will go south, in the direction of St Andre, another legendary racing venue.

The event will have 6 racing tasks.

You can find out a lot more about the SRS series on the FAQ section of our website:

Register now to receive more information.

Flying site

Montclar is the well known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. For the last twenty years this paragliding site has hosted many important competitions, such as the French open, World championship, British Opens and several Pre-PWCs.

Flying site: https://goo.gl/maps/FmUQRntwYyp

Take off plateau de La Chau: 1907 m ASL 6°22'20.2" E 44°24'10.8" N
The main take off used for competitions is the "plateau de La Chau", (1900m) just under the mountain of Dormillouse (2500m). The launch is covered in lush grass and is very large. The wind is usually coming from the south-west to north-west. It is possible to fly with south wind and north wind, but it's more difficult to fly away. It's possible to fly good distance from 13h. If you reach the crests, with another chairlift, the take off can be earlier, from 11h sometime, with east breezes before the sun turns to the south. The easier way to leave is to follow the crests to the south (the sky highway to St André les Alpes). The first 25km are easy, until you reach the "Estrop" (2961m). To the north, the "Grand Morgon" (2324) is often a good waypoint after having crossed the serre-ponçon lake during 5km, reaching the crests of "La vieille" (Old Woman crest).

Landing col Saint-Jean: 1335 m ASL - 6°21'06.0" E 44°25'03.3" N
At the landing aera, the ground used is of grass and large, at the "", before the entrance of the ski resort of Montclar (1340m). The wind is usually coming from the north. It can be turbulent with south wind. Sometime, especially in the evening, a big convergence can help you to climb easily to 2,000m or higher.

Take off St Vincent les Forts 1254m ASL - 6°22'17.6" E 44°26'35.7" N
Another famous flight site is not so far, which is called St Vincent les Forts (1240m). It is a small cliff where you land at the side of the car park and then take off again. It works with north wind, even when north wind is too strong to fly elsewhere in France. The launching area made of a green carpet, however it is a bit small for a large competition. Also the area where the pilots can wait for the start is well known and used by many tandem/bi-gliders. The landscape is wonderful, especially in the evening when you are flying in the last solar breeze, with the sun falling on the lake... It's also a site where you can reach easily the top of Dormillouse (2500m), resting on ridgy afforested.

Take off Chabanon - 1968m ASL - 6°17'40.7" E - 44°20'03.9" N
The last launching area, Chabanon, can also be reached with a chairlift, from the little ski resort of chabanon, over the village of Selonnet. It works early in the morning, with south or north wind, but is very difficult to leave, because there is no thermal areas working in the immediate area.

For free flying, the best time to visit is August and September, with thermal strengh that can easily reach 4m/s at 2pm. The thermal duration : it start from 11h over 2000m, 12-13h at the take off, until 7pm with convergence. The best time to launch is 2pm, when thermals start to be large and easy to take. Competitions will often come earlier in the season when there are less tourists, allowing better access to the facilities for the competitors.

Usual distance flights start from the Plateau de la Chau or St Vincent, then reach the top of Dormillouse (2500m), then turn the north waypoint (Morgon) or the south waypoint (Estrop) and way back to Dormillouse.

The famous distance flight, reaching St Andre from Dormillouse or the other way, is a classic 80km flight, recently done by many pilots during the B-Stof in July 2014.

On non-flyable days, there are plenty of other activities in the area.:
- kiting/windsurfing on the lake
- hiking to the castle on top of Montclar
- downhill biking in Monclar
- market in Seyne

Selection and entry fee

The event is a Sports Class only competition. That means no CCC or EN-D gliders. But EN-C's and below are allowed. 2-liner C's are also allowed.

The event is open to all pilots, but those with prior competition experience on Sports wings will have priority.

First selection will be made on 7 January. Selection is based on an algorithm that considers WPRS scored on a Sports wing. The organisers decision is final.

All participants of the SRS series of events must be a member of the SRS Organisation. You only need to join once per season, regardless of how many SRS events you participate in. The annual cost of membership is 25 euro. You do not need to pay until after your registration is accepted into the first SRS event. Details will be sent when you register and are accepted to this event. The membership fees is used towards the administration costs of linking all the SRS events.

♦ Payment will be made by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.
♦ If you receive a payment offer you should pay immediately, otherwise we will offer your place to another pilot on the waiting list.
♦ Do ensure you have read the cancellation policy before making any payment!

The payment will get you:
♦ Daily transport to launch for all tasks
♦ Retrieves daily
♦ Daily lunch packs
♦ Trackers, for safety and scoring
♦ Typical tasking/scoring services
♦ T-shirt & other souvenirs as we are able
♦ Discounts for alternative activities in the event of bad weather
♦ Other event benefits, as they are made available
♦ Access to social evenings
♦ Entry to any prize draws

All Pilots must hold the following:
♦ An FAI IPPI 4 licence
♦ An FAI Sporting Licence (Don't confuse this with an IPPI card)
♦ Medical/Travel insurance
♦ Third party liability insurance (usually from your National Organisation)
♦ A mobile phone
♦ Recently repacked reserve parachute
♦ Helmet, certified for paragliding use
♦ Harness with certified back protection (Check rules for harness restrictions)
♦ 2M Radio capable of 143.900 Mhz FM
If you do not have ALL of the above you will NOT be permitted to participate.

Documents required at registration

  • Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)

    FAI Sporting Licence
  • The FAI IPPI card is an International card that states your skill level. It is issued by your National Association and matches the level or your flying Licence

    FAI IPPI Card
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents

    Liability Insurance
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune

    Rescue/Medical Insurance

Cancellation Policy

Pilots who want to cancel their registration should do it as soon as possible.

♦ A pilot who cancels at least 45 days before the event start can ask for:
      a. His or her entry fee to be used for the next event where he or she will be selected. (an administrative fee of €20 will be charged)
      b. A refund of the entry fee (an administrative fee of €60 will be deducted).
♦ Cancellations received less than 45 days before the event start will be refunded 50% of the entry fee. You can still transfer to another event.
♦ Cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the event start will not be refunded and cannot be transferred.

Cancellations must be informed by email and the date at which the email is received will be used to calculate your refund, if one is due.

♦ Refunds are not immediate. We have one admin day per month.
♦ Your deposit and/or payment is NOT transferable to another pilot. There is a strict selection process and you cannot bypass this by passing your payment to another pilot.
♦ Please ensure you have adequate holiday travel insurance to cover any losses if you later find you are unable to participate.

In the event the organisers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund:
♦ Up to 45 days 45 days before the event start : 100% less a 30€ admin charge
♦ Less than 45 days before the event start: 75% refund
♦ Less than 7 days before the event start: A percentage of funds once any costs incurred by the local organiser have been deducted.
♦ After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.

The organisers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Overall - All gliders in the competition
Leisure - All gliders EN-B and below
Women - All females
Reynolds - Pilots under 95kg

♦ A brand new GIN wing*
♦ A brand new Naviter Oudie N

There will not be any cash prizes at the event. This is an amateur racing competition.

More info here: https://sportsracingseries.org/trophies/

Constructors Trophy
♦ A share of a 1,600€ prize pool for the winning teams
♦ 6 free places for 2024 events


♦ Each manufacturer can select up to four pilots per event
♦ The top two pilots from each team will score for the day
♦ The team with the highest score at the end of the season wins the trophy for the manufacturer
♦ The team with the highest score wins the prizes

See website for more information on entering as a Constructor team pilot.

*The wing is limited to EN-C or below, includes the choice of the new 2-liner, but excludes the tandem. The wing must be for the pilots own use and be selected based on their abilities. No cash alternatives.

General schedule

Saturday 3 June 17.00 (5pm) at Hotel Espace. Access is from the rear of the hotel, in the basement area. No access through the hotel.

Saturday 3 June
Unofficial practice. Chairlifts will be available and a task will be posted in the Info WhatsApp group. No retrieves or scoring. The chairlift cost this day is the standard charge, payable at the chairlift.

Sunday 4 June
8.45am: “Mandatory Safety Briefing”

This week be off the square, upstairs near the mayor's office.

1st task Sunday 4 June
Last task Friday 9 June

6-7 pm Trophies & Prize Draw

Daily schedule

On competition days:

08h30: Headquarters open
09h00: Morning briefing @ HQ
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h30: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)

The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

Enter through the rear entrance of the hotel/restaurant.

http://www.hotel-espace.com/ Sta de Saint-Jean, 04140 Montclar, France
St Jean Montclar France


The nearest main international airport is Nice (3 hours drive) or Marseille (2 hours). Both airport are serviced by several airlines from around Europe.


An hour's drive from Gap.

St Jean Montclar is about a 10 hour drive from Calais/Dunkirk, about 3 hours from southern France and just under 3 hours from Nice Airport. There are other airports in the region too.

Car hire:
There are a multitude of car hire companies operating out of all the airports.


Waypoint files


PO Box 950, EX1 9BR, U.K
Steve Senior
Meet Director
Brett A Janaway
Technical Officer
Joerg Ewald
Scoring Systems




Click here for the event WPRS forecast

Women     confirmed


SRS Member

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Men     confirmed


SRS Member

SRS Member
# Name Rank Sponsor Glider Status
Category Tagline Participant Email Phone Description Price
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  1. Mark Hayman (178)
  2. Alexey Boldyrev (119)
  3. Rafael Rosa Prat (192)

OVERALL Class results


  1. Summer Barham (112)
  2. Agnieszka Zaborowska (113)
  3. Kanan Thakur (106)

FEMALE Class results


  1. Lauris Pumpurs (171)
  2. Paulo Milko (187)
  3. Jeroen Rasenberg (161)

STANDARD Class results

REYNOLDS (u95kg)

  1. Rafael Rosa Prat (192)
  2. Sergei Prikhodko (199)
  3. Jean-Louis Zanzi (159)

REYNOLDS (u95kg) results

TEAM Trophy

  1. Ozone Gliders
  2. Naviter
  3. Cross Country Magazine


TEAM Trophy results


  1. Magdalena Janaway

Magdalena Janaway won a brand new GIN glider of her choice, with her name being drawn in the lottery.


  1. James Wong

James Wong won a brand new Oudie N+ instrument from Naviter Instruments, with his name being drawn in the lottery.

Tasks and results

Task 1

05 Jun, 2023

38.6 km — Race to goal

Task 2

06 Jun, 2023

47.8 km — Race to goal

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